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Editor’s view: Why you SHOULD vote for your best lender and nominate your best brokers

Robyn Hall, Editor, Mortgage StrategyIs it really possible to reward those that have been so harsh to so many over the past 12 months?

Well, I think you can.

Of course, dual pricing has been a huge issue for the intermediary market in the last 12 months but in light of recent developments, can you blame lenders for trying to shore up their own balance sheets?

Have lenders that are still in the market acted irresponsibly?

What’s worse – a lender that at times doesn’t lend itself well to the intermediary market or no lender at all?

Personally, I’d go for the former.

Which is why we are still holding the Mortgage Strategy Awards 2009.

Now, before you even think of writing in to complain (and we’ve had a fair few complaints that have already graced our Letters pages) let me explain my reasons behind this.

The current challenging market conditions have only strengthened Mortgage Strategy’s commitment to the intermediary market.

Which is why the Mortgage Strategy 2009 Awards are going to be the litmus test that the market both wants and needs.

For the first time the Mortgage Strategy broker awards will be authenticated and verified by the Council of Mortgage Lenders to ensure complete transparency.

Some 20 lenders will submit 5 recommendations across each category direct to the CML.

The CML will then use that information to draw up a shortlist across each category.

Brokers lucky enough to make it onto the shortlist will then be contacted by Mortgage Strategy and invited to submit a written case study to a select panel of independent judges from the lending industry which will be chaired by myself, Robyn Hall.

Following the same format as last year our lender awards will also be whiter than white too.

Independently verified by Chris Cummings from the excellent Association of Mortgage Intermediaries a select panel of brokers will whittle down those lenders voted for by YOU to, in most instances, a final shortlist of three.

Our judging panel, which last year included luminaries such as Frank Eve Consulting’s Frank Eve, Pink Home Loans’ David Copland, mortgageforce’s Rob Clifford, Cobalt Capital’s Andrew Montlake and Key Retirement Solutions’ Dean Mirfin as well as the true industry legend and godfather Ray Boulger from John Charcol, will then thrash out the detail and independently decide which lenders take third, second and the coveted first place.

The Mortgage Strategy Awards 2009 will be held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on the evening of Wednesday February 25th 2009.

Your opinions matter, both to Mortgage Strategy and to me.

Brokers, you can have your say and vote across 11 categories including best mortgage lender; best buy-to-let lender and best equity release / lifetime lender.

Lenders, if you have not been contacted already by the Mortgage Strategy team you should start thinking now which mortgage brokers really matter to your business and help give them the reward which they so richly deserve.

You can nominate across 16 categories including best mortgage broker, best mortgage distributor and best mortgage network.

Without doubt the last 12 months have been tough.

But tough times don’t last. Tough people do.

Which is why this prestigious event will be taking place – to reward not just you but your lender partners lucky enough to still be lending too.

But perhaps more than ever before it is also a reason for you to get involved and have your say.

And you can do that right away by simply clicking here.


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